Every big tournament shows a popularity spike for certain heroes and this time around it is Tiny who took a spotlight, apart from the usual Doom and Alchemist we discussed previously. It was a general consensus that the hero was simply not good enough on his own - he needed a Wisp pairing, or at the very least a gifted Aghanims Scepter to be effective, however OG have shown than Tiny can be a strong independent rock who needs no obvious partner to be effective. So what changed?
We've talked to various personalities in the scene to grab impressions from the first Dota 2 Major and discuss what the Major system brings to the table, but also in what direction it needs to evolve.
With dust slowly settling down after what was an incredible event, it is time to commemorate the biggest tournament of the patch and look at it in more detail - especially with the new patch coming some time soon. 6.85b was one of the more balanced and diverse patches of late and it would be a shame not to study it in more detail as it is about to pass into history and Frankfurt Major makes for one hell of a study subject.
The first major in history has come to an end and what a show it was! Historically, the last games between the top teams have been the most exciting and interesting ones and this tournament was no exception. Here is a day 5 and 6 recap for those who might have missed some of the best Dota since TI3.
Five more teams were eliminated in these past two days: Virtus.Pro, Alliance, Mineski, LGD, and CDEC. Meanwhile, the two favorites of the tournament, Secret and EG, have fought through the upper bracket finals. Some matches were one sided affairs, namely Alliance and Mineski’s losses in the lower bracket, while other games showed us some of the highest level of competitive play we’ve seen this tournament.
The first two days of the Frankfurt Major Playoffs are over and we take a look at some of its highlights, must watch games and what to expect for the next two days.
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